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An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. The open letter states: It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product […]

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Happy Birthday ALA!

Read more about ALA’s founding 135 years ago at http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/ask-ala-librarian/happy-135th-ala.

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Program: Download This

Posted by Meg King-Sloan (Reporting from the Internet Cafe) Libraries have come a long way in how they provide downloadable materials to their patrons.  So many people are getting e-readers (for themselves or as gifts), and they expect their libraries to have titles for them to download.  Here are some suggestions to try to meet these demands: Libraries should […]

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Program: Seriously Social

Posted by Meg King-Sloan Here’s a relevant topic for libraries: how to get the most from your Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Did you know that 225 million people have Twitter accounts, and 51% of people 12 and over have Facebook accounts?  Here are some ideas and suggestions to make social media effective for your library. […]

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PLA preconference, Top Ten Benefits of Tough Economic Times

The PLA preconference, Top Ten Benefits of Tough Economic Times, was presented by Cathy Hakala-Ausperk and Kim Bolan Cullin. Cathy and Kim started the session by talking about the importance of the CASE philosophy. If you’re unfamiliar with the CASE it stands for Copy and Steal Everything. In that vein, I am going to present […]

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Future of libraries ‘confronted’ in new ALA Office for Information Technology Policy report

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) latest policy brief breaks down the formidable challenges in store for libraries during the next few decades. The brief, “Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library” was written by OITP Fellow Roger E. Levien, president of Strategy and Innovation Consulting. […]

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ALA adds GLBT youth literature award to prestigious Youth Media Award announcements

As the publishing industry prepares for the announcement of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards, authors and illustrators of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) literature for youth will have their fingers crossed in hopes of receiving the coveted Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature […]

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New Online Resource Focuses on Children and Teens

A new Web-based resource has just been released that will help library advocates make the case for libraries in the lives of children and teens. “Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education” is available at www.ala.org/additup. “A growing body of research and studies now proves what the library community already […]

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Apply for Picturing America!

A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association: Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our […]

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National Library Legislative Day 2008, May 13 & 14

OK, so it’s more than a day. But really, it takes more than a day to pack in this much legislative action! National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day event in which people who care about libraries participate in advocacy and issue training sessions, interact with Capitol Hill insiders, and visit congressional member offices […]

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